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Welsh Liberal Democrats call for Tour de France to come to Wales

July 23, 2012 1:03 PM

Following Bradley Wiggins' win at the Tour de France, which has been described as one of the greatest British sporting achievements ever, the Welsh Liberal Democrats have called for a stage of the Tour to come to Wales.

Peter Black, Shadow Minister for Heritage, commented:

"First of all I would like to congratulate Bradley on his superb win. Hopefully this win, which has raised the profile of cycling here in the UK, will mean we are more likely to fight to get a stage of the race coming to Wales.

"Wales is ideally placed to host a stage of the Tour de France, from Snowdonia, the Brecon Beacons and the Cambrian Mountains, Wales has the ability to provide a spectacular and challenging back drop for the worlds top athletes. We have also seen the close sporting ties which were developed between Wales and France in the 2007 Rugby World Cup which was held in France, but saw four games being played in the Millennium Stadium, including the Quarter Final between the hosts France and the now champions New Zealand.

"The Ryder Cup has been held in Wales, along with Rugby World Cup games, showing that Wales has the ability and infrastructure to host world class sporting endeavours. Having the Tour de France come to Wales would once again put Wales on the world stage, resulting in more tourists visiting the country and therefore boosting tourism revenues particularly for independent businesses. It has been estimated that the Welsh economy could benefit by up to £115 million if this were to happen.

"Giving the people of Wales the opportunity to see the Tour de France for themselves would also help to encourage more people to take up exercise.

"This would not be the first time that the Tour de France will have had a stage in the UK. In 2007, the Mayor of London successfully lobbied for the Tour to go to London. This has been an election pledge of the Welsh Liberal Democrats and, with the right leadership and vision, Wales could do likewise."

It was in the Welsh Liberal Democrat 2011 manifesto for Wales to bid for the Tour de France.